Making the Modern World

Steven Dutch, Natural and Applied Sciences, University of Wisconsin - Green Bay
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  1. By the start of the 20th century, this city had the largest network of interurban railways in the world:
    1. Berlin
    2. New York
    3. Chicago
    4. London
    5. Los Angeles
  2. Public street lighting changed society by
    1. Making streets safer
    2. Creating more social and cultural events
    3. Creating greater demand for leisure time
    4. Freeing people from the normal day-night cycle
    5. All the above
  3. The first truly personal transportation device was
    1. Horse
    2. Stagecoach
    3. Automobile
    4. Bicycle
    5. Trolley car
  4. The very first suburbs in the U.S. grew in the early 19th century and were linked to their parent cities by:
    1. Steamboat
    2. Automobile
    3. Railroad
    4. Stagecoach
    5. Horse
  5. Railroads grew out of simple rail systems used in:
    1. Cotton mills
    2. Farms
    3. Steel mills
    4. Seaports
    5. Mines
  6. America’s once vast network of interurban railways was bought up by a cartel of oil, rubber and auto companies in the 1930’s and 1940’s so they could sell:
    1. Automobiles
    2. Trucks
    3. Buses
    4. New railroad cars
    5. Bicycles
  7. The concept of leisure time as we know it:
    1. Has existed since ancient times
    2. Is a relatively recent concept
    3. Was suppressed during the Industrial Revolution and is just now being rediscovered
    4. Was first formulated by Adam Smith
  8. Urban lighting developed in the 1800’s as an offshoot of:
    1. Garbage burning
    2. Oil refining
    3. Steel smelting
    4. Coke manufacturing
    5. Lighthouse construction
  9. The first highly efficient means of transporting goods overland, developed before railroads, was :
    1. Canals
    2. Highways
    3. Pipelines
    4. Balloon
    5. Caravan
  10. The transport system that first made it practical for colonial powers to control and exploit the interiors of their colonies.
    1. Highways
    2. Canals
    3. Caravan Routes
    4. Steamboats
    5. Railroads
  11. When engineers discovered how to build really modern roads, they discovered that the greatest source of wear on these roads was:
    1. Wooden wheels
    2. Foot traffic
    3. Horses' hooves
    4. Iron wheels
    5. Wind
  12. Much of the financial incentive for early land transportation came from contracts for:
    1. Passenger traffic
    2. Shipments of food
    3. Shipments of coal
    4. Mail delivery
    5. Transporting livestock
  13. The century when it first became possible to cross continents in days and send information across oceans instantly was:
    1. 1500-1600
    2. 1600-1700
    3. 1700-1800
    4. 1800-1900
    5. 1900-2000

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Created 16 January 2004; Last Update 14 December 2009

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